222 posts • joined 20 Jul 2008
Progress marches on.
Ooh, once upon a time i had an old CRT telly because I was too cheap to buy a flat screen telly, then I had an old CRT telly because I was too cheap to buy an HD-ready telly, now I have an old CRT telly because I am too cheap to buy an HD telly.
Soon I will have an old CRT telly because I am too cheap to buy a 4K telly!
Never replace DVD
When did you start buying your DVDs? Shouldn't the early ones have started delaminating and oxidising by now?
Yes, you will still rack up the data charges, but the signal/noise will be INCREDIBLE!
They can't crack down hard enough on these evil pirates.
I am CEO of an insurance company and, until this internet thing came along, we used to only deal with a few hundred claims for theft a month. Some little toerag would nick a Nolans 45 from the counter at Woollies and we would pay out the 50p that it was insured for, now that same toerag has grown up and is 'Downloading' 'Files' from pirate sites such as 'Napster' and the 'Cloud' and we are paying out hundreds of millions of pounds an hour.
A particularly bad case was when a 'Hacking Pirate' was arrested and the Armed Response Unit who had torn the street down with their tank reported that the 'Hacking Pirate' had used mirrored servers and tape backups! This meant that we had to pay out FIVE times as much for each infringement because the music was either 500% more stolen or had been stolen an extra 4 times. We never did work out which.
It is completely true that if you have done nothing wrong, you have nothing to fear from state 'security' 'services'.
Unfortunately, they can just redefine 'wrong' to suit their aims.
<quote>while it's not possible to force the lamps into weird combinations, such as red and green together, it's possible to cause congestion</quote>
Well, duh. Traffic lights cause congestion. That is what they do. That and cause envelopes of folding money to appear in town planners' pockets.
Re: Virgin Media is great and all that...
If they cut my service, I will just cancel the direct debit and look elsewhere. I have an open fire so they can send as many letters as they like.
Re: Source Material Quality
As a virgin media customer, I can confirm the low picture quality. I see compression artifacts on my 28 inch CRT telly, so christ knows how bad it must look on a modern big screen. Fortunately, the content is so rubbish that I don't mind the low picture quality it is presented in.
I strongly approve!
I had an HTC One X, this led me to place HTC on my NEVER BUY FROM THESE IDIOTS AGAIN list.
Now they have Microsoft software as well. Super! It saves me re-evaluation time. Perhaps they could also incorporate something from BlackBerry and achieve a hat-trick of lameness.
I am not sure that the Azhdarchid Pterosaurs would have eaten fish. I have seen hang-glider and microlight pilots cluster near rivers and lakes and they nearly always ate cream buns and drank cups of tea.
Roundabouts are only a short-term solution to the problem of traffic-light companies bribing corrupt officials into buying their products.
The traffic-light companies bribe corrupt officials into putting traffic lights on the roundabouts.
Re: so just like...
Hahaha, I did the same thing with a 250 Superdream. Whilst ticking over on the centre stand it wandered all over the concrete patio (well, concrete back yard).
Re: Lies, damn lies, and BDUK ...
' That's how it works in the commercial world. You lie, you lose. '
Really? When was this EVER the case?
Re: No convinced
I'm quite unconvinced too. You forgot :
- utterly fails to solve the original problem, but creates a bunch of new ones...
Free FON wifi
Er, if you buy the cheapest and lamest internets from BT, what is to stop you connecting through the FON and using loads of data? Other than billing cock-ups.
LNER was never free and certainly not clean! Belching clouds of coal smoke and dripping oil all over the tracks is a more accurate description. You are an idiot.
Ok with me
I am totally fine with an ISP throttling my data connection, just so long as I am granted the reciprocal right to throttle the payments if I judge that am experiencing high cash contention at the time it arrives.
Re: can't wait
A huge beneficial side-effect of all this car-to-car communication is that the problem of different software and hardware and firmware versions from different vendors, all talking to each other swiftly and faultlessly will be solved.
How does streaming a 4K fillum not affect your download cap? Surely the bytes still have to get to the telly ? Why would storing the bytes before watching use more of your download cap than streaming the bytes?
Imagine if all the parking meter attendants, petty beaurocrats, cold call salesmen, gatso camera operators, and all the other people who have blighted your existance for years got together and launched a mobile phone.
They may also think that the lack of apps is what is deterring you from giving them your money.
Re: So right about the record player.
Oooooh, I shall. Thank you.
Re: So right about the record player.
I bought an N95 and much later an HTC One X precisely because the map data was built in and didn't need a data connection.
The N95 needed a software patch and this removed the map data.
The HTC One X had a patch pushed to it which removed the map data (or removed the app, can't remember).
Re: Admit it - You think it would be useful
Cyclists wearing Google Glass? Jeepers, aren't they satisfied with never looking behind them, they want to never bother to look what is in front of them?
They should lump bicycles in with mopeds, get some mirrors, indicators, number plates and protective clothing on them and have the bastards learn the traffic laws.
Perhaps the Harrier would be easier to fly if it had been developed over the decades?
Re: What's to look forward to?
I quite liked the way you could load stuff into high memory.
Official List of NSA Surveillance Targets:
Everyone, Everywhere, All the time.
Phone case, £5
Epoxy resin £4
Glue case to sleeve/arm
Re: There's a big difference though
Methinks it was more on the lines of 'the government spies upon as many people as possible at any given moment', it is now possible to spy on almost everyone, hence almost everyone is spied upon.
How on earth do drivers cause cyclists problems? The drivers in front of the cyclist are all receding into the distance, whilst the drivers behind the cyclist do not exist because cyclists have no mirrors and never take rear observation.
Re: I already posted about my skepticism in yesterday's Google-mobile thread...
They will be unnecessary in the UK then, as the proliferation of CCTV cameras has already eliminated Psychopaths, dickheads and mad cyclists.
Re: Are they hackable?
The car's black box will show that it suffered a sensor error and had to stop for safety's sake. Mine's the one on the LIDAR mast.
Re: Pffft! Idiots!
The same way streaming fits millions of tracks into a 500MB data allowance.
I am working on an awesome new technology which will make streaming obsolete, it involves using some of the gigabytes of storage usually used for selfies and tracking cookies to instead store digitised music.
Re: Actually, I rather liked these kids
Hehehe, this hit a nerve with me. I have been using Win8.1 today and when I wanted to turn the thing off, I ended up ( after flailing around the desktop and swiping the corners of the screen etc ) opening a CLI box and eventually finding 'shutdown/s'.
Pro Tip: if you want to reboot, use shutdown/r
Tomorrow I might try and find a text editor.
Re: The logical next step
Modern cars are already full of computers and, although they do not get tired/distracted or upset, they manage to malfunction enough to make the car beyond economic repair.
Traffic jams and fuel usage _could_ be reduced by removing traffic lights, but corruption and bribery will keep them in place.
Highway patrol will love the new roadside tax opportunities offered by self-driving cars. New laws will spring up to catch out the JohnnyCabs and you will get fined for breaking the laws until it is time for you to pay for firmware updates to prevent them being broken.
If there is difficulty in streaming video across the intarwebs, then perhaps it is time to design some kind of storage which can be filled slowly with video but then played back at full speed when all the video frames are in it.
I am thinking of a slowed-down vhs cassette recorder, but there may be an even better way of doing it.
Re: What do you want for free?
Meh, they can block me if they want. Let them find out how much their content is actually worth.
Innocents' data is not retained. Any evidence which would show a defendant's innocence will be deleted/shredded/altered/mislaid.
Surely, 'half as well as your phone'?
As usual, things get crappier over time.
Earlier (running OS/2 on 200MHz cpus) ATMs had the computer inside the safe, next to the money.
How can you have your main meal in the middle of the day?
You have to clock out, leave the premises, queue up at the sarnie shop, eat your sarnie, get back to work and clock back in again within 45 minutes. The main meal is when you get home after work, at tea time, approximately six PM.
The phone manufacturers choose to use the lowest-capacity battery they can get away with. They could put a battery in with four times the mass and four times the volume by simply making the phones a bit thicker. There is plenty of scope for making phones heavier, my keys weigh more than my phone.
You chaps actually use 'Reliant Robin'! Most people mistakenly say 'Robin Reliant'.
Re: @ Zack
Thanks, Nathan, but I did leave it rebooting overnight to make the battery flat and then later in the week rebooting on charge overnight to give it full volts. Neither broke the cycle. Nor did presence/absence of sim card etc. Prising it open was the last resort and I did look at a how-to for that, but still broke the bloody thing.
I did know that there is a hard physical reset key combination on those phones, unfortunately it was unable to break the infinite boot cycle. There is also an emergency boot menu thing which was also unable to break the infinite boot cycle.
That is the problem with infinite boot cycles, you don't get to do much as it keeps booting every few seconds.
When the phone was 'working', I tried many times to choose a USB connection method which would let me mount the phone as a hard disk. Not possible.
Please give me more fruits of your immense wisdom and insight. I fully expect the following suggestions from you:
'Did you try waiting for it to finish booting?'
'Did you take it to the Apple Geniuses?'
'Did you pull the SD card out?'
The 90's can drop dead, I have been making the crApple pun since the 80's.
Re: This is old news...
Can I be first in the queue to buy it on ebay for a ridiculous mark-up?
Failing that, can I be first in the queue to slag off the idiots who buy them on ebay for a ridiculous mark-up?
The iPhone 6 is yet another style-over-function exercise from crApple. Android will wipe the floor with it, technically, while kool-aid sipping fanbois will flock to it and send Apple's stock ever higher. Er.. something about needing to upgrade itunes..... er.....
Anyway, you get the idea. Everbody pile into the comments and get this flamewar over with, then when iPhone 6 is finally announced we can just link back to this article and save ourselves some time.
Re: I'll be reporting myself to HR in a few seconds
Surely 'Apparatchick'? Because she is female and attractive? Geddit?
Ok, I am going....
- 'Kim Kardashian snaps naked selfies with a BLACKBERRY'. *Twitterati gasps*
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- Pics Facebook's Oculus unveils 360-degree VR head tracking Crescent Bay prototype
- Moon landing was real and WE CAN PROVE IT, says Nvidia
- Apple's iPhone 6 first-day sales are MEANINGLESS, mutters analyst